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“Too much on my plate”

The Recruiting Sergeant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Horstead
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $49
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Award winning pub and restaurant with bedrooms situated in the village of Horstead, near Coltishall, in Norfolk.
Hickling, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Too much on my plate”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We went as a group of 6 to celebrate our friends 70th birthday. We all met in the bar area, which is in the retstaurant. and waited for 30-40 minutes for our table. We waited for what seemed like an age for our food and whan it came the plates were enormous! Just too much. The quality was there but the portions sizes were huge. Great if you are hungry but embarrassing if you can't eat a big meal in the evening. We also didn't get our vegetables, thanks fully as the plates were so full already!
Great value if you are hungry and willing to wait. The place is always busy so obviously there are a lot of huingry peaople out there!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

8 of us ate here last night for a friends birthday, table booked for 6.30 and it was packed. Dispite how busy they were the food and service was outstanding, food presentation was beautiful.
Scallops and pork belly starter was perfectly cooked, steak gorgeous and the best creme brûlée I've ever tasted.
Staff polite, friendly professional and really looked like they enjoyed their job, they are a credit to the sergeant.
**warning.. NOT a place for a small appetite!! Certainly get your monies worth
Will certainly be returning

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The perfect pub”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Went here with family and everyone's food was really good. My two year old was made very welcome and also ate all her food. Portions are very generous so think twice before ordering a starter. The menu is vast which I usually take as a warning sign but the kitchen seem to be able to cope with it - everyone in our party of seven had different types of potato. Good range of fish and game so all will find something on the menu to their taste. Nice decor and very pleasant staff. Apparently it's where locals go for a good meal.

  • Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A 'Must Visit' Restaurant”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

A very good and wide ranging selection of starters and main meals. As always the quality of food is excellent, with big portions and prompt and cheerful service from the staff. Make sure you are very hungry otherwise you may not finish your meal and it’s always busy so book a table in advance.

  • Visited March 2013
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Rochford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Second visit here as we were impressed last time we holidayed in Norfolk, and again we were very impressed. Great varied menu and all meals, there were 7 of us, were cooked to perfection and yes were probably too big, as the lovely desserts were more forced than they should have been.
Nice friendly staff. Minor criticism is that the chairs are a bit uncomfortable, old wooden back slats!

  • Visited February 2013
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